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Introducing my 1985 American ford ltd sedan


Ianlea73

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Are right, shove some injector cleaner through it .

But I'd suspect some perished vacuum hoses.

Nope prices are ridiculously cheap for parts over there even with the crap exchange rate.

Last year I got early 90's tbird monroe frt legs for £32 the pair all-in £90 delivered within week.

No name ones where a tenner each.

a new Bosch efi intank pump same as most 80-90's UK fords was £30, plus the filter that fits on pump gen Bosch £3 ( UK car spares say unobtainium)????

So made in Germany sent to USA but not sold in UK???

Smog gear will be airpump (piped into inlet) egr valve stuff like that & bin cat .

Get a Haynes manual for it from rock auto  there'll be a section on emissions stuff rip most of it off.

Fit blanking plugs, plates etc.

You'll probably get better info by googling same age/engined foxbody Mustang.

As all running gear & floor pan is based on them.

Bit  like UK fords.

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On 14/02/2024 at 07:44, fatharris said:

That's properly lovely - hope you get to the bottom of the running issues! Always wanted an 80s/90s slab-sided yank, like an 80s Crown Vic.

I haven't touched the car yet other than sitting in it & bouncing the rear suspension like uncle Buck.

I need to sort a clutch on my daily then I'll crack on with the Ltd.

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  • Ianlea73 changed the title to Introducing my 1985 American ford ltd sedan

Nothing to report on the car yet as I'm on holiday. I did join an fb page for specific ford ltd's based in America. I had a message from a guy claiming to have owned the car in the UK. I messaged him & he sent me some details & se pics of it when he first collected it in 2018.

This is his message.

It has quite interesting history
Original owner was in the
military from Oklahoma. It
came in to UK via raf greenham
common in 1989. Was used till
95 then put into storage in 97
where it has been until 2018.

I did quite a bit of work to your car to get it running, it had been sitting in a warehouse since about 1991 when I bought it. I had it running after I went through the whole fuel system. I removed the tank had it refurbished fitted a new intank pump and sender unit and a new injector. It ran OK but not perfect. There is an external pump aswell which might have given up so try that first.

 

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  • 2 weeks later...

I had a chance to do a few jobs this morning. Jacked up the rear, removed the drums for a look as I have new shoes & wheel cylinders which were supplied, removed the rear shocks which were absolutely shot then pulled the fuel tank.
The filler neck rubber is perished as is the one way Valve rubber seal on top the tank but the valve works fine. I removed the fuel pump housing for an inspection & found the filter sock dirty & torn. I took some pics inside the tank & discovered loads of grit. The fuel was so bad I  couldn't even light the spilt fuel on the floor.
Took a few pics of the underside of the car & I'm really pleased there's only mild surface rust. I just need to work out the best way of treating it. Should I remove the axle, knot wheel, deox thrn underseal or just hand paint underseal onto the substrate that's already there?
So the fuel tank needs cleaning out & then I'll paint it black. I need to work out how to use rock auto parts & order a few fuel related parts.


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4 minutes ago, Ianlea73 said:

I've ordered a pile of things from rock auto which should be here Friday. Parts are ridiculous cheap even with shipping & taxes.

great stuff, yes, it gets more economical if you get a batch, and when they do a 'wholesale clearout' even cheaper.

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First order arrived in 4 days which is quicker than stuff I've ordered on ebay for my daily!

I then started on the fuel tank & straps. Removed the control arms on the rear axle & any brackets for the brake lines, exhaust & fuel line clips. I intend on getting as many parts media blasted, so I can paint clean metal.

Bushes should arrive today so I can burn out the old ones before painting the arms.

 

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Just come across this, brilliant piece of malaise era chod and looking forward to seeing it all cleaned up and working! 

I know it's not quite the same model version, but I immediately thought back to this advert - "as quiet as a Rolls Royce" they claimed! 

 

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6 hours ago, mat777 said:

Just come across this, brilliant piece of malaise era chod and looking forward to seeing it all cleaned up and working! 

I know it's not quite the same model version, but I immediately thought back to this advert - "as quiet as a Rolls Royce" they claimed! 

 

Ha, that's great. Let's just hope it's comfortable to start with. 

These might help.

 

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  • 3 weeks later...

Finally a half decent day to carry on with the car.
Fuel tank finished, new rubbers, pump installed & seals. Painted the tank straps & added some foam padding. Burnt out the bushes in the arms ready to go to media on Monday. I stripped the rear brake shoe set up & inspected the wheel cylinders.
After cleaning & painting I rebuilt the fuel pump, filter housing ready to refit.
I'm really hoping nect weekend is dry so I can clean the underside of the car.
 

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11 hours ago, danthecapriman said:

Nice work on this!

That ultrasonic cleaner looks like it’s done the business. I’ve thought about getting one but never bothered. Perhaps I should!

One of the best bits of kit in my garage. It's a cheap ebay one but has been brilliant for years. I then give parts a quick clean on the bench mount wire wheel.

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